In favor of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013

This letter was mailed today, Ash Wednesday, to Congressman Langevin (D-RI). The article describing his work appeared in the NYT on February 7, 2013. Here’s the link: 

February 13, 2013

The Honorable Mr. James Langevin

United States House of Representatives

109 Cannon HOB

Washington, D,C, 20515

Dear Mr. Langevin,

I am writing to thank you for your work in arraigning for the presence of gun-violence victims in the gallery during the President’s State of the Union address last night. I read about your efforts in the New York Times last week.

I support Senator Feinstein’s bill, the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2013” banning semi-automatic weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices.  This legislation is described as “doomed to defeat.” Perhaps it was in the days before Sandy Hook, but I believe we must be changed by that tragedy.  As President Obama said in Newtown, “We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change.”

Today, on Ash Wednesday, my religious community turns toward the season of Lent during which we reflect on the need for change in ourselves and in our world.  I believe that the kind of change needed to enact Senator Feinstein’s bill is possible. I will begin Lent looking for the ways in which I can encourage that change, and I thank you for all you have already done in that regard.

Very truly yours,

Lily DeYoung

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